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XXXshogunXXX
03-25-2005, 06:42 PM
Watch the video at the link, then choose to sign the petition

http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=3107048

""(Lisbon-WTNH, Mar. 21, 2005 6:00 PM) _ A state trooper is in trouble tonight for his response to an urgent call for help. The trooper was answering 911 calls from friends of a man who had just crashed his motorcycle.

by News Channel 8's Sara Welch
State police say effective today, Trooper Robert Peasley is suspended for 15 days without pay.

The disciplinary actions follows months of an internal investigation into 911 calls from the scene of a motorcycle crash.

"This is where all the panic and mayhem began."

Along this road in Lisbon is where Jim Sawyer's son Justin lay dying.

"And there was a pool of blood coming from his head."

On August 17th, 2004, the 21-year-old crashed his motorcycle. His friends did what anyone would do in an emergency.

"I called 911 right away."

The call rang into the state police barracks in Montville.

Instead of comfort, Russell Shepard was shocked by the trooper's response on the other end of the line.

"State police 911.
Yeah I want to report a street bike accident on Incinerator Road in Taftville. Someone crashed on their street bike.
"Yeah... too bad."

Too bad says the state police dispatcher who then hangs up.

"I was shocked, thought I had the wrong number at first," says Russell Shepard.

"So I picked up the phone and called 911," says Liz Niegel.

Liz Niegel made the second frantic call.

"State police 911.
"Hi, I need to report a street bike accident what?
"Hello?"
"I need to report a street bike accident.
"Was that the one on Incinerator Road?
"Yeah. Help will get there. Shouldn't be playing games."

"Shouldn't be playing games," says the trooper, who then hangs up.

"Just the fact that my friend was there laying there helpless and it seemed like they didn't even care," says Niegel.

"I am absolutely outraged every time I hear that 'too bad' and then click," says Jim Sawyer, Victim's Father.

Jim Sawyer asks how someone who is supposed to care could act like he cared less.

"Anybody who could sit there on a switch board answering 911 calls knowing full well everything he says his being monitored and turn around and make the rude commentary that he did," says Sawyer. "No one deserves to be spoken to that way."

It wasn't until the third emergency call that a female dispatcher assessed the situation.

"How bad are the injuries?"
"He's not moving, he's bleeding from his ear.
"Is he breathing?.
"Yes, he is breathing."
"Tell people not to touch him. I will send an ambulance out there ok?"

Sawyer expected that response from the first call.

"I only know I would have felt a whole lot more comfortable if I had heard people on the other end of the line of that 911 call with some heart and caring," says Sawyer.

"He was rude and it was just an outrageous way to answer an emergency phone call."

A week after those calls, Justin Sawyer died from a severe head injury.

"I can't even begin to comment on that, he was my life," says Sawyer.

For his father, the troopers response that August evening will haunt him forever.

"It will play over and over and over in my mind for the rest of my life," says Sawyer. "What I want to see is this officer removed from his position, he's not fit to wear the uniform, that's what I think."

Jim Sawyer wants to make sure no one in an emergency situation calls 911 and gets this kind of response.

Tonight state police tell us that Trooper Robert Peasley's comments were unprofessional and inappropriate.

The agency apologizes if the actions added to the family's pain.

It also found that the behavior did not impact response time.

Trooper Peasley has 18 years with the state police and the department says he has been a stellar trooper with a long and unblemished career.

Meanwhile, the state police union tells us Trooper Peasley is remorseful for his comments but the union says the discipline is inappropriate and harsh.

The family of Justin Sawyer says a 15 day suspension isn't tough enough."



http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?Peasley

stumppy
03-25-2005, 06:45 PM
I watched this the other day. CNN had the recording from the call. I couldn't believe the way that friggin trooper handled it. He needs to be looking for another line of work.

Lzen
03-25-2005, 06:47 PM
Unbelieveable. :shake:

Rain Man
03-25-2005, 07:04 PM
Stupid move on the trooper's part.

It's easy to assume that the kid was doing something stupid given the fact that he was a 21 year-old kid on a "street bike", but geez, the trooper's job is to get the facts and send someone out there.

recycle
03-25-2005, 07:11 PM
15 days w/o pay. Yeah, that'll teach him a lesson. Should be 15 days in jail, or worse.

DJay23
03-25-2005, 07:24 PM
Being a State Trooper must be very difficult. Always cleaning up other people's messes. Most often encounter people when they are dead, dying, drunk, scared shitless, or just plain stupid.

There is no excuse for this turd's lack of compassion. I don't care if he saved the ****ing queen every day of his career before this, you can't treat an emergency like that. He should be excused from his position, or given some job that doesn't require him to come into contact with the citizenry.

Sure-Oz
03-25-2005, 07:25 PM
what a stupid **** what goes around comes around!

PastorMikH
03-25-2005, 08:11 PM
I agree with the family, the punishment is not harsh enough. There's no excuse for a 911 call to be answered in that fashion. Also, I would think it is a poor display of department protocol to not even bother taking details over the phone that could affect the kind of help that was dispatched to the scene nor checking on the status of the person and helping the other people there to help their friend until EMTs showed up.

ChiefsFire
03-25-2005, 09:36 PM
Incinerator Road??

thats gotta be one of the best street names in the world

"yeah i live on INCINERATOR ROAD..just down the street from the crematorium."

Deberg_1990
03-25-2005, 09:38 PM
I think someone needs to tell the trooper: "Too bad, you just lost your job"

KCChiefsFan88
03-25-2005, 10:10 PM
Meanwhile, the state police union tells us Trooper Peasley is remorseful for his comments but the union says the discipline is inappropriate and harsh.
http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?Peasley


"Inappropriate and harsh"? He should have been fired, a 15 suspension is a slap on the wrist.

Also why did it take them 7 months to finally admit this guy was totally out of line, considering the evidence was right there on tape

LiL stumppy
03-26-2005, 12:49 AM
ph,the fuz these days

jspchief
03-26-2005, 11:36 AM
Big shock that the Union is sticking up for this POS. They'll also insure that he keeps his job.

Where are all the pro-union sheep? I'm dying to hear how the evil corporations are keeping this a-hole down.

Ari Chi3fs
03-26-2005, 11:41 AM
Stupid move on the trooper's part.

It's easy to assume that the kid was doing something stupid given the fact that he was a 21 year-old kid on a "street bike", but geez, the trooper's job is to get the facts and send someone out there.

The trooper must have assumed that the bike was stolen.

Mr. Laz
03-26-2005, 11:56 AM
Big shock that the Union is sticking up for this POS. They'll also insure that he keeps his job.

Where are all the pro-union sheep? I'm dying to hear how the evil corporations are keeping this a-hole down.

from my experiences, Unions would back Satan himself as long as he paid dues.


Union rules etc need to be reworked ... they are too strong.

PHOG
03-26-2005, 12:10 PM
Big shock that the Union is sticking up for this POS. They'll also insure that he keeps his job.

Where are all the pro-union sheep? I'm dying to hear how the evil corporations are keeping this a-hole down.

Yeah..why not put HIM on a BIKE..

No car..you're doing your patrol on a bike, dipshit..good luck

By the way, you're patrol is INCINERATOR ROAD, back and forth.. 4321





(Not talkin to you jsp, talking to the asswipe that answered the 911 call..)

Braincase
03-26-2005, 12:17 PM
Only thing I really want to know about this case is whether or not the kid was wearing a helmet.

No, I take that back. I want to know if there have been a rash of accidents there by a bunch of kids and repeated warnings by the local police telling kids that they need to quit racing there, because too many kids are getting hurt.

We see something like this, but I have to wonder if there hasn't been a bit of history there. I think we're seeing part of the story here. I'm not saying that the trooper ought to be given a break, but I think much is being presented here to show that trooper in the worst possible light.

I know that if I had to go to the same spot over and over, and that there were the same buch of kids that I'd warned getting hurt, I'd probably be a bit callous.

Sorry if this offends.

XXXshogunXXX
03-26-2005, 12:40 PM
that didnt give him the right to leave someone dying. It's his job to report the accident and send a squad for assitance. Even if it happened 100 times a week, theres still no excuse for him to ignore the emergency. He shouldnt have an opinion or judgement of what to do in that situation. I cant think of one possible excuse to give the dckhead.

e3927-b2274
03-26-2005, 12:56 PM
Only thing I really want to know about this case is whether or not the kid was wearing a helmet.

No, I take that back. I want to know if there have been a rash of accidents there by a bunch of kids and repeated warnings by the local police telling kids that they need to quit racing there, because too many kids are getting hurt.

We see something like this, but I have to wonder if there hasn't been a bit of history there. I think we're seeing part of the story here. I'm not saying that the trooper ought to be given a break, but I think much is being presented here to show that trooper in the worst possible light.

I know that if I had to go to the same spot over and over, and that there were the same buch of kids that I'd warned getting hurt, I'd probably be a bit callous.

Sorry if this offends.

I totally understand your point, but there is no excuse for being professional when it comes to doing your job. When you deal with the public you are getting the best and the worst of humanity on a daily basis. Ignore the idiots and work with the anyway.

Remember the phrase "To Protect and Serve"? I think that means even the idiots.

deadbabyseal
03-26-2005, 01:04 PM
I totally understand your point, but there is no excuse for being professional when it comes to doing your job. When you deal with the public you are getting the best and the worst of humanity on a daily basis. Ignore the idiots and work with the anyway.

Remember the phrase "To Protect and Serve"? I think that means even the idiots.
Welcome to the Planet.

PastorMikH
03-26-2005, 01:16 PM
Only thing I really want to know about this case is whether or not the kid was wearing a helmet.

No, I take that back. I want to know if there have been a rash of accidents there by a bunch of kids and repeated warnings by the local police telling kids that they need to quit racing there, because too many kids are getting hurt.

We see something like this, but I have to wonder if there hasn't been a bit of history there. I think we're seeing part of the story here. I'm not saying that the trooper ought to be given a break, but I think much is being presented here to show that trooper in the worst possible light.

I know that if I had to go to the same spot over and over, and that there were the same buch of kids that I'd warned getting hurt, I'd probably be a bit callous.

Sorry if this offends.



Last night I thought about the various situations that could have led to the officer's type of response. I was even thinking that maybe some kids had been prank-calling the 911 number earlier or something. There are a lot of "What-ifs". It doesn't sound like the kid was wearing a helmet, which could have made a big difference in the outcome - especially with a head injury. And kids on crotch-rockets usually means stupid riding and such.

Bottom line is though, that is no way to answer a 911 dispatch phone. The officer didn't even try to access the situation to see what type of aid would be needed before hanging up - and hanging up shouldn't happen until AT LEAST help is on the way, preferably when they arrive on the scene.

If there had been a rash of problems on this particular stretch of road, they should be patroling it more, writing more tickets and less warnings, and keeping a closer watch on the kids on bikes in general.

Now, I'm not signing the petition for the officer to get canned and have his entire career ruined because of one stupid moment, but I do think there should be some demotion in rank as well as some required community service time by his department in addition to the days off without pay.

Braincase
03-26-2005, 01:16 PM
I'm not saying that the trooper ought to be given a break, but I think much is being presented here to show that trooper in the worst possible light.

Just thought I'd point that out from my previous post.

T-post Tom
03-26-2005, 02:30 PM
"Meanwhile, the state police union tells us Trooper Peasley is remorseful for his comments but the union says the discipline is inappropriate and harsh."



:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Pitt Gorilla
03-26-2005, 02:54 PM
Only thing I really want to know about this case is whether or not the kid was wearing a helmet.

No, I take that back. I want to know if there have been a rash of accidents there by a bunch of kids and repeated warnings by the local police telling kids that they need to quit racing there, because too many kids are getting hurt.

We see something like this, but I have to wonder if there hasn't been a bit of history there. I think we're seeing part of the story here. I'm not saying that the trooper ought to be given a break, but I think much is being presented here to show that trooper in the worst possible light.

I know that if I had to go to the same spot over and over, and that there were the same buch of kids that I'd warned getting hurt, I'd probably be a bit callous.

Sorry if this offends.Completely irrelevant.

Cochise
03-26-2005, 04:28 PM
I saw a report on this one night last week. They didn't specify that I can remember if the kid was wearing a helmet. It was a green Kawasaki. The road looked to be a rural tow-laner.

There were a lot of pictures of him, he was wearing a helmet in those, but in some of the pics he was riding wheelies and such.

So, I mean, what are you to assume... 21 year old, sportbike, seems to like to stunt a bit, with a bunch of other people around on a rural road that probably didn't have a lot of traffic... sounds like a stunting/street racing accident to me. Maybe the trooper knew it was a popular area for something like that which is why he may have said "shouldn't be playing games". (Not that it excuses his poor conduct, but it may explain it) Hopefully it wasn't that kind of a situation

Braincase
03-26-2005, 04:30 PM
Completely irrelevant.

I never claimed relevancy. It was just something I wanted to know, and I'd still like to know the whole story.

KingPriest2
04-05-2005, 04:21 PM
WTNH News
Officer suspended for his response to a 911 call


(Lisbon-WTNH, Mar. 21, 2005 6:00 PM) _ A state trooper is in trouble tonight for his response to an urgent call for help. The trooper was answering 911 calls from friends of a man who had just crashed his motorcycle.

by News Channel 8's Sara Welch
State police say effective today, Trooper Robert Peasley is suspended for 15 days without pay.

The disciplinary actions follows months of an internal investigation into 911 calls from the scene of a motorcycle crash.

"This is where all the panic and mayhem began."

Along this road in Lisbon is where Jim Sawyer's son Justin lay dying.

"And there was a pool of blood coming from his head."

On August 17th, 2004, the 21-year-old crashed his motorcycle. His friends did what anyone would do in an emergency.

"I called 911 right away."

The call rang into the state police barracks in Montville.

Instead of comfort, Russell Shepard was shocked by the trooper's response on the other end of the line.

"State police 911.
Yeah I want to report a street bike accident on Incinerator Road in Taftville. Someone crashed on their street bike.
"Yeah... too bad."

Too bad says the state police dispatcher who then hangs up.

"I was shocked, thought I had the wrong number at first," says Russell Shepard.

"So I picked up the phone and called 911," says Liz Niegel.

Liz Niegel made the second frantic call.

"State police 911.
"Hi, I need to report a street bike accident what?
"Hello?"
"I need to report a street bike accident.
"Was that the one on Incinerator Road?
"Yeah. Help will get there. Shouldn't be playing games."

"Shouldn't be playing games," says the trooper, who then hangs up.

"Just the fact that my friend was there laying there helpless and it seemed like they didn't even care," says Niegel.

"I am absolutely outraged every time I hear that 'too bad' and then click," says Jim Sawyer, Victim's Father.

Jim Sawyer asks how someone who is supposed to care could act like he cared less.

"Anybody who could sit there on a switch board answering 911 calls knowing full well everything he says his being monitored and turn around and make the rude commentary that he did," says Sawyer. "No one deserves to be spoken to that way."

It wasn't until the third emergency call that a female dispatcher assessed the situation.

"How bad are the injuries?"
"He's not moving, he's bleeding from his ear.
"Is he breathing?.
"Yes, he is breathing."
"Tell people not to touch him. I will send an ambulance out there ok?"

Sawyer expected that response from the first call.

"I only know I would have felt a whole lot more comfortable if I had heard people on the other end of the line of that 911 call with some heart and caring," says Sawyer.

"He was rude and it was just an outrageous way to answer an emergency phone call."

A week after those calls, Justin Sawyer died from a severe head injury.

"I can't even begin to comment on that, he was my life," says Sawyer.

For his father, the troopers response that August evening will haunt him forever.

"It will play over and over and over in my mind for the rest of my life," says Sawyer. "What I want to see is this officer removed from his position, he's not fit to wear the uniform, that's what I think."

Jim Sawyer wants to make sure no one in an emergency situation calls 911 and gets this kind of response.

Tonight state police tell us that Trooper Robert Peasley's comments were unprofessional and inappropriate.

The agency apologizes if the actions added to the family's pain.

It also found that the behavior did not impact response time.

Trooper Peasley has 18 years with the state police and the department says he has been a stellar trooper with a long and unblemished career.

Meanwhile, the state police union tells us Trooper Peasley is remorseful for his comments but the union says the discipline is inappropriate and harsh.

WTF? The discipline is inappropriate and harsh? Excuse me. A boy died Minutes could have saved his life.

The family of Justin Sawyer says a 15 day suspension isn't tough enough.

Soupnazi
04-05-2005, 04:22 PM
repost, IIRC

Cochise
04-05-2005, 04:23 PM
Unbelieveable (sic) and sad. A repost.

tyton75
04-05-2005, 04:26 PM
well.. I feel like sh!t now.. thanks for bringing me down

KingPriest2
04-05-2005, 05:20 PM
repost, IIRC


The repost is from over a week ago. You only bitch about it if it was within the last 2 days or you go back 2 or 3 pages.

ENDelt260
04-05-2005, 05:24 PM
There's no rules for bitching.